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The Golf Society of Australia was formed in 1982 to research and preserve the history of golf in Australia.

As part of this role, the Society acts as the Museum Committee of Golf Australia
and oversees the Golf Australia Museum collection and Library.

Other activities include:

  • Regular golf events
  • Dinners with guest speakers
  • Publication of a Newsletter – The Long Game
  • Coordination of a Golf Club Historians networking group
  • Oral history recording project
  • Collection of data relating to Golf Club locations
  • Researching the history of golf in Australia.

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PRESIDENTS REPORT 

The Society closed the 2023 program of events with the Annual General Meeting Day at its spiritual home the Victoria Golf Club, a day where players keenly contest the Doug Bachli Trophy.

In my Annual Report, I spoke of the sad passing of members Ian Rennick, John Snell, John Fawcett, and Pauline Sanderson, acknowledging the significant contribution they made to the Golf Society and the wider golf community.

We congratulated Patron Annie Court AM , Jean Gilbert OAM , Stephen Marks OAM , and Dick Kirby OAM for their significant and deserving awards, with a further congratulations to Dick for his recent induction into the Golf Victoria Hall of Fame.

I reported on the years events, a highlight being the running of the Australian Hickory Shaft Open Championship in September. The event was co organised with our Sydney counterparts the Australian Golf Heritage Society. An International field with players from Japan and New Zealand contested for the trophies over three days at Sandy Golf Links, Woodlands, and Kingston Heath.

In my report I gave update on Collection works and planning done during the year, such as identifying priority tasks and the steps taken to complete them, along with the running of productive strategic planning workshop.

A proposal to develop an Australian Heritage Hub is an exciting concept for Australia’s rich golf heritage and to progress this, we now have an opportunity to seek support through the Australian Golf Foundation.

In the Australian Golf Centre, a change of over of the Thomson Room display cabinet is in the final stages of planning and will be available for viewing soon.

In closing, I wish to thank my Committee for their hard work during the year. I appreciated all their knowledgeable input and valuable time they gave, which meant for another successful year for the Society.

We said farewell and gave special thanks to Morag North who stepped down after serving six years and to Ian Rowell after two years and we extended a warm welcome to Grant Nicholson who joins the Committee.

I wish all members many happy and healthy festivities for the summer holiday season as we look forward to 2024.

                                              Kim Hastie               

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